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The Energy Charter Secretariat has published the Annual Report for 2019. The Report summarises the activities throughout the year and highlights the Albanian Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference.

The Energy Charter Secretariat is pleased to announce that the In-Depth Review of the Energy Efficiency Policy of the Republic of Azerbaijan is now available on our website. The In-Depth Review was prepared in 2019 by the Secretariat in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan and the final recommendation of the report was approved by the Energy Charter Conference in December 2019. The In-depth Energy Efficiency Reviews have a standard format and are broad in scope, analyse the...

On 3 March 2020 in Tirana, Albania, the International Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) met for its 43rd meeting. During the meeting, Mr Rafael Cayuela Valencia, Corporate Chief Economist of Dow Chemical, was presented as the company’s candidate for the position of the IAP Chair. Following a written procedure, the IAP established Mr Cayuela as the new Chair and as of 24 March 2020, he immediately takes up the post. 

On 13 March, 2020, the Ministry of Energy of Belarus hosted consultations on the modernisation in the context of potential ratification of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). The event gathered over 15 representatives from different ministries and governmental agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. The consultations started with a welcome speech delivered by Energy...

On 3 March 2020, the Energy Charter Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) held its 43rd Session in Tirana, Albania. The event was hosted by Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG and was attended by Panel members, representatives of energy companies, associations, international organisations, and diplomatic representatives.

On 24 February 2020, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák took part in the EU-Central Asia working lunch. The event was held in Brussels and brought together the representatives of the European Union’s services such as the European External Action Service, DG Energy and DG Development and Cooperation and the Heads of Missions of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, TajikistanTurkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The topics of discussion focused on potential cooperation in the field of sustainable...

On 21 February 2020, Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák visited the Embassy of the Republic of Benin in Brussels, upon the invitation from the Ambassador. Ambassador Zacharie Richard Akplogan welcomed the Secretary General to discuss the current collaboration between the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Government of Benin.

From 28-30 January 2020, officials from the Energy Charter Secretariat travelled to Minsk, Belarus, to monitor implementation of the recommendations in the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) report and to discuss the development of a legislative basis for the natural gas market.

On 29 January 2020, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan jointly organised the second meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group (IMWG) on the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP). The development of the NEEAP is part of the EU4Energy Governance programme.

As of 1 January 2020, Azerbaijan takes over the Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference for the year. The Conference works on an annual rotating basis, and each year a new country takes over leadership to direct the highest decision-making body of the Energy Charter process

On the 13 December 2019, His Excellency Mr Muktar Djumaliev, the recently appointed Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium, paid a courtesy visit to the Energy Charter Secretariat and met with the Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák

On 10-11 December 2019, the Albanian Chairmanship hosted the 30th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference in Brussels, Belgium. This year’s Ministerial Session was chaired by Mr Ilir Bejtja, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, and Vice-Chair of the Energy Charter Conference. The event was dedicated to facilitating investment in renewables, diversification and efficiency.

The International Energy Charter and the China Electricity Council held its annual meeting & symposium back to back with the Investment Mediation Training in Beijing. The Training was co-hosted on 27 November 2019 with the China Electricity Council (CEC) and the Energy Charter Secretariat providing an overview of the work on investment mediation including the Investment Mediation Guide. 

A delegation from the Energy Charter Secretariat travelled to Nepal and Bangladesh to support the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) accession process of countries in that region. During the week of 18-24 November 2019, Secretariat officials contributed to a seminar on Resource Integration in Central Asia and its Impact on South Asia, which was organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Kathmandu, Nepal. The seminar included the participation of over 30 experts and aimed to evaluate prospects for...

Due to the devastating earthquake that struck Albania on the 26 of November, and the continuing aftershocks, Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama has declared a state of emergency.